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Grammy winner Kimbra opens up
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Grammy winner Kimbra opens up

By Xavier Xin To Kimbra, music has always felt like “a calling.” “My parents put me around music a lot and I was really into writing full songs and recording them on cassette tapes,” she recalls. “I also did a lot of musicals back then. I started guitar at 12 and that was when I…

Rachael Yamagata to perform in Minneapolis
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Rachael Yamagata to perform in Minneapolis

“Music kind of crept up on me,” Rachael Yamagata said with a laugh — a warm, hearty, bluesy laugh that takes over in the best kind of way. She described a cousin in the New York Philharmonic, a grandfather who was Bob Dylan’s land surveyor and another relative hired as Frank Sinatra’s private pilot back…

The Staves: three sisters muse on their Midwest chapter
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The Staves: three sisters muse on their Midwest chapter

Three British sisters, one remote Wisconsin recording studio and the lead singer of Bon Iver. The result? The album If I Was, by The Staves. Camilla, Emily and Jessica Staveley-Taylor make up the group, and they draw as much from their familial connections as from their natural musical talents. I had the pleasure of talking…

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The Finest Hours: A story of seas-ing the day

A recognizably blustering Cape Cod, Massachusetts is the backdrop for Walt Disney Studios most recent film The Finest Hours. Off the coast a small CG 36500 lifeboat bobs, carrying Bernie Weber (Chris Pine) and his fellow U.S. Coast Guard crew members. Out of sight and over the mammoth waves of the Chatham Bar, a cracked…

Who? Who? Who?:  A Conversation with the Baha Men
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Who? Who? Who?: A Conversation with the Baha Men

About a week ago, I was overcome by a wave of musical nostalgia. Seeking to relive earlier days soundtracked by “Now That’s What I Call Music” CDs, I soon found myself in the presence of a group of men from the Bahamas with infectious rhythm and a simple question. Recalling the former ubiquity of those…

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